Adding further intrigue to football’s main offseason event, the Nevada Gaming Control Board granted approval Thursday for state sportsbooks to offer prop bets on the NFL draft.
Individual picks won’t be included – eliminating the possibility of wagers made with knowledge of a team’s intent – but there are still plenty of interesting options.
From the 17 bet types already approved, here’s a look at three wagers to target in the 2017 draft.
Most 1st-rounders from one school: Alabama
The odds won’t be great here, but why pass up a chance at free money? Edging out a fellow NFL talent factory in Ohio State, Alabama is the clear choice to have the most first-round picks at the end of the month.
O.J. Howard, Jonathan Allen, and Reuben Foster can all safely be considered Day 1 locks. Cam Robinson, Marlon Humphrey, and Tim Williams will also be in the mix, and it wouldn’t even be much of a surprise to see them all hear their names called within the first 32 picks.
Six first-rounders in one draft would tie Miami’s long-standing record for most in one class.
Defense over offense
There is talent to be had all over the field this year.
Considering the fantasy-oriented era of football we now find ourselves in, the impressive groups at running back, wide receiver, and tight end are certain to receive a majority of the hype.
But it’s the other side of the ball that should have more players coming off the board early. With top talents at pass-rusher, linebacker, and throughout the secondary, there could be as many as 20 defensive players taken on opening night.
Given that each of the quarterback-needy teams atop the draft acquired a veteran stopgap this offseason, the discrepancy could be even more glaring in the top 10. Doubling down on defense in that range, if possible, may not be a bad idea.
1st-round QBs: 4
A lack of sure-fire talent at quarterback, combined with the aforementioned moves to fill roster needs at the position, could very well have the top signal-callers waiting longer than expected.
That’s not to say they’ll slide all the way into Day 2, though.
With several teams in need of a quarterback to develop behind an aging starter, and the possibility that others trade back into the end of Round 1 to secure both the pick and a fifth-year contract option, there are numerous potential landing spots.
Look for Deshaun Watson, Mitchell Trubisky, DeShone Kizer, and Patrick Mahomes to all be taken in the first round – the most since four were selected back in 2012.
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